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Welcome back Texas state board of education sent to cast its final vote on social studies standards tomorrow.
And that is likely to impact what kids all of the country will learn in the classroom.
That's because Texas happens to be the second largest buyer of textbooks in the United States.
We're joined by education secretary this morning Arnie Duncan good morning TMR secretary.
Good morning back to having me.
I'm sure that your -- is very full.
With everything going on there at the White House -- dealing with education but this big -- in Texas now coming up with textbooks are you paying close attention to that.
We are paying attention obviously curriculum as a side of the state level not -- -- so it's really up to Texas to figure out what they wanna do.
Actually think whatever Texas does a side won't have as big a impact matches people think -- textbook companies actually have ability customized text books.
And now we have a Texas decides I don't think they'll be any at major ripple effects around the country.
But it is the second largest supplier of right and so many of the rest of the country buys their books from Texas so many people are paying close attention to -- -- that actually don't -- the tentative books from Texas they buy their books from textbook companies -- textbook companies again have more ability than ever before to customize what they're doing.
And so -- I don't think they'll be a major ripple effect around the country.
When things that you've been busy on its urging congress to pass this pending 23 billion dollar education and jobs bill.
I guess you are concerned that if we don't pass this kind of a bill that teachers lose their jobs.
I'm very worried are very worried about anywhere between a 400000.
Teachers be laid off this year.
We have schools that school districts do that it -- horrendous budget times conditions they're facing looking to -- summer school this summer.
Eliminating -- and extracurricular activities going to four day weeks not five dates -- weeks we need more time not less.
Now this is good for children none of this is good for education.
Now this is good for the economy and so we are urging congress to move with a real sense of urgency.
To pass this legislation we have to keep driving reform get to keep getting better educationally we can't afford to take a step backwards so many people mr.
secretary in this country.
Are are frankly frustrated by continuing to pour money.
Into our public education system and not necessarily see the results and Republicans on this bill.
Are calling it another bailout how do you respond.
Yeah although again if we see class size points from 25 to forty where we see disadvantaged children losing the opportunity to go to summer school.
When we see our in band and music are being eliminated.
None of that is good for children not a that is good for education.
Our children need to begin a world class education they need a well -- curriculum.
-- we have to keep driving the country forward not take a step backwards.
I think we can all unite is that this the bipartisan issue politics and ideology around education we have to put aside.
All of us have to work together on behalf -- shall I know another thing that you want to announce today is the teacher incentive fund grants you're going to -- Giving them to teachers who perform well.
There's a huge opportunity 437.
Million dollars this gonna go out to states and districts around the country.
I applications will be due July 6 and we want states odd district's teachers principals entire school buildings.
Particularly disadvantaged communities to have a chance to demonstrate the difference -- make -- -- lies.
And we want to reward them for that I think and education we have to -- a spotlight on success.
We have to learn from it you have to replicated right we have rewarded in this -- that the -- is a huge opportunity.
For states and district but the fast forward Arnie Duncan secretary of education thank you for your time this.
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